Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014 7:59 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
The Yorkshire Post continues following the Brontë Society's inner battle:
A group of Bronte Society members unhappy with the direction of the literary society has submitted its bid to force an extraordinary general meeting.
Janice Lee, a retired deputy headteacher, said the group had gathered the required number of signatures to request an extraordinary general meeting and said the Brontë Society’s response was now awaited.
Critics are campaigning for the ruling council to step aside “to bring higher levels of professionalism and experience to the society,” according to a letter from two members earlier reported in the Yorkshire Post.
Brontë Society members John Thirlwell, a TV producer, and Janice Lee, have written to some members calling for fresh leadership.
They claim the society’s council has “lost its way” and was guilty of “micro-managing” the running of the Brontë Parsonage Museum, owned by the Society.
Earlier this month Bonnie Greer, president of the Brontë Society, rejected claims the literary group had “lost its way” saying the Society and Brontë Parsonage Museum were well run.
She said: “The Society is run in a professional manner by a diverse team of skilled individuals. Business strategies are in place and outcomes are continuously monitored.”
Ms Greer rejected claims that council members were “enthusiastic amateurs”, saying they had extensive professional experience. It was “surprising” none of those criticising the Society had stood for election at the annual meeting.
But back to the actual books, according to Click at Life (Greece), Jane Eyre is one of the 10 best books of all time.
7. Το θρυλικό βιβλίο “Τζέιν Έιρ” της Charlotte Brontë μιλά για μια νεαρή, φτωχή αλλά γεμάτη συναισθήματα γυναίκα, που βρίσκεται αντιμέτωπη με τη σκληρότητα και τον πειρασμό της κοινωνίας. (Translation)
Writer Eleri Stone would seem to agree, as she mentions Jane Eyre among her favourite rereads in USA Today's Happy Ever After.
Eleri Stone, author of Gun Shy
I like to reread books I loved as a child, the ones that made me fall in love with reading in the first place. The Chronicles of Narnia (which I read with my children), Jane Eyre and The Count of Monte Cristo are some favorites. (Veronica Scott)
In The Times, Kevin Maher tells about how his interest for literature began:
I had no interest whatsoever in words, vocabulary, reading, books or literature until I was at least 13 years old, and that interest only began because I was lucky enough to have a passionate teacher who managed to transform Hardy, Brontë and Keats into living, breathing things.
Artist Edgar Sánchez discusses using landscape as more than just a background in paintings in an interview for El Universal (Venezuela).
Y en la historia del paisajismo venezolano no parece existir ese contenido dramático. 
-Exacto. El paisaje no se ha tratado dentro del hecho dramático. Es decir, lo vemos en el cine. Lo vemos en la literatura. Ahora mismo pienso en Cumbres borrascosas, de Emily Brontë. Pero en la pintura, salvo en algunos ejemplos holandeses, no es usual. (Simón Villamizar) (Translation)
There's a recap of this year's Brontë Conference over at the Brussels Brontë BlogDelirious Documentations posts about Dame Darcy's illustrations for Jane Eyre. On Facebook, Haworth Brontescapes compiles all of photographer Mark Davis's pictures of Haworth and Brontë-related places. Victoria Hislop mentions Wuthering Heights in an article in The Times.

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